Sponsored Fellowship Opportunities

Juvenile Law Center will sponsor attorney candidates for post graduate public interest fellowships provided by the Skadden Fellowship, Open Society Institute Criminal Justice Initiative, Equal Justice Works, or other outside fellowship funding organizations. We invite applicants to apply for a project-based fellowship in one of the areas below. 

To apply please submit a cover letter indicating which project area interests you and your qualifications to undertake that project, as well as a resume and writing sample. Please email all application materials to hr@jlc.org and include "Fellowship Application" in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until August 15th.

As an equal opportunity employer, Juvenile Law Center strives to be an inclusive space that affirms and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, learned and lived expertise, and individual perspectives of our staff. We are committed to building a diverse staff and are dedicated to uplifting the voices of under-represented communities as it pertains to race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital or parental status, disability, religion, national origin, and/or child welfare or justice system involvement. We do not discriminate or exclude prospective employees based on criminal backgrounds or ex-offender status.

Applicants striving to advance equity for youth in the child welfare and justice systems, who fit into any under-represented group, are encouraged to apply and self-identify during the application process.

Economic Justice

The juvenile justice system often imposes fines and fees on youth and their families.  When young people can’t pay, they are forced deeper into the justice system and their families are forced deeper into poverty.  This problem also exacerbates existing racial disparities in the juvenile justice system.  The fellow will work nationally on this issue and will take the lead on reform efforts in at least one jurisdiction. 


Youth in the child welfare and justice systems face significant obstacles to achieving higher education and getting the career training they need.  The fellow will use diverse strategies which may include policy advocacy, litigation, and public education to support increased access to educational success for system-involved youth. 

Ending Institutional Placements and Promoting Permanency

Too often, youth in the child welfare, juvenile, and criminal justice systems are placed outside their homes and in harmful and abusive institutions, even though research makes clear that youth do better, and public safety improves, when we provide services to young people in their homes and communities. Older youth in both systems are at high risk for being in overly restrictive settings and being separated from family and community, reducing their chances for a successful transition to adulthood.  The fellow will use diverse strategies, which may include policy advocacy, public education and litigation, to end abusive conditions of confinement, promote permanency, ensure appropriate educational opportunities, and support family and community-based solutions for justice and child welfare system-involved youth.